| Aug 31, 2012
| 12:36 PM
The four lifelong friends of Animal Collective had spent years living apart.
Scattered across the globe, from Los Angeles to Portugal, they'd collaborate through emails and phone calls, coming together only for tours.
So when it came time to write...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 4:24 PM
A five-time Grammy Award winner, a band formed the lead guitarist from a top jam band and another formed by members of an iconic Philadelphia jam band will headline the second SteelJam festival Nov. 9-10 at the SteelStacks campus in......
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Wouter "Wally" De Backer, better known to the world as Gotye, knows the perils of being typecast as a one-hit wonder, an overnight success, a guy who will go to his grave playing “that song.” After an everywhere-all-at-once hit such as “...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 7:29 AM
Jim James can't seem to slow down.
Besides fronting one of the most beloved rock bands in the country — the Louisville, Ky., quintet My Morning Jacket — James has just put the finishing touches on his first solo album, still untitled and...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 11:18 AM
It's been 22 years since the National Folk Festival brought eclectic music to the streets of Cambria City.
Since that time, the festival has evolved dramatically, changing its name to the Johnstown Folk Fest in 1993 and moving to land across the river...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 4:28 AM
Day 2 is done at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and what a day Saturday was: It was sandwiched by much-anticipated sets by Chief Keef and Frank Ocean, and in between came the first evacuation in the festival’s Chicago history. Here’s how it...
| Aug 4, 2012
| 7:26 AM
Here’s the rundown for Friday, Day 1 of Lollapalooza in Grant Park, as brought to you by yours truly (GK) and my colleague Bob Gendron (BG):
11:45 a.m.: Are they expecting the Normandy invasion? Lollapalooza officials say that security has been...
| Aug 4, 2012
| 4:23 AM
With electronic band MGMT’s third disc in the works for months and an expected late 2012 release date already off the table, its label is clearly anxious. MGMT So it’s understandable when a Fenway Records representative asks that a reporter......
| Jul 25, 2012
| 9:05 AM
Always In Trouble
An Oral History of ESP-Disk', The Most Outrageous Record Label in America by Jason Weiss, Wesleyan Univ. Press, 292 pages, $24.95 (paper), $11.99 eBook
While the music scene over the past half-century has been dominated by major...
| Jul 15, 2012
| 10:11 PM
The Pitchfork Music Festival concluded Sunday in Union Park. Bob Gendron (BG) and yours truly (GK) were there to cover every hour of it:
1:11 p.m.: Dirty Beaches gives the arriving crowd a false sense of security, beginning with a desert-baked...
| Jul 8, 2012
| 7:39 PM
The Pitchfork Music Festival frequently books forward-thinking acts, but at least one band on this weekend's bill has a sound firmly rooted in the past.
Performing Friday, Chicago's Outer Minds come across like a throwback to 1960s psychedelic rock,...